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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 23
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002

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Photo of Fugazme
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey/straw color... very nice clarity with a 1/2" white head that settles to a good cap with excellent lacing... Decent legs on the swirl...

Aroma is sweet and subtley hoppy... a touch of coriander and peach... a little caramel and alcohol.

Very smooth/creamy on the palate... some luscious pear and peach flavors... bit of alcohol, malt... quite sweet with a nice hop background.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber, left less than a one finger head with good retention, not much lacing. Body was an orange amber.

Smell - bready malt, some citrus and pine hops, esters, bananas, and caramel, some sugar.

Taste - bready and toasty malt, hops of citrus and pine, some bananas, and caramel, faint sugar.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, well hidden abv.

Drinkability - goes down well and is good, high abv limits it to one in any given session.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Salvation is a bright golden orange with a creamy, medium-sized head. Carbonation is mild. The aroma is very strong. Citrus and spice smells burst out alongside an underlying candi sugar sweetness. Taste is very spicy with plenty of citrus flavors. The spice flavors are very peppery and are aided by an edge of hop flavor. An underlying sugary sweetness keeps the other flavors from a total domination of the palate. A touch of alcohol is noted in the finish. I found this to be excellent, the strong spice and citrus flavors really won me over, and the layering of flavors was pretty awesome as well. Highly recommended.

Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew....peach colored....nose is malty rich...some honey and vanilla on the aroma..

Taste is much more peppery and spicy though...still some honey maltiness...a touch of tropical fruits...but the pepper/spicy notes lead the way.

Body is full..carbonation about right..

Overall...quite a tasty brew...I would buy this one again...Avery did well with this..

Photo of acrawf6
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy orangish amber with small white head, though i tried pouring it hard.

Smell. initial reaction was a nutty aroma. but then i get a yeasty smell. syrupy sweetness to it.

Taste. This one tastes just slightly oxidized, but still ok. Heavy yeast and an initial maltiness that i would usually think of in an english barleywine. There is a sweetness, but too much. small fruitiness to it, peaches is what sticks out for me the most. aftertaste is dryer and warming to the mouth.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. good amount of carbonation, pretty good balance.

Overall, i like it, but dont love it. It's quite drinkable though being at 9%. A good beer to enjoy, but i wouldnt exactly bring this one over to Belgium to show off what we have been doing.

Photo of kkipple
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large goblet. Looks pretty -- amber straw color, large frothy head, hazy and very bubbly. Good head retention.

Smell is clean: Belgian yeast, citrus, hops, and a vague spiciness.

Taste is good too. Light malts, lemon, hops, and that clovey spice flavor present in a lot of Belgian ales. Hints of apple cider. Goes down smoothly and leaves a tangy, dry finish. Pretty darn drinkable, 9% notwithstanding.

This beer didn't knock my socks off, but it's a very solid brew and a nice example of the style. Glad I tried it.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a small head that leaves very nice lacing. Very little carbonation beneath the surface.

Aroma was a little weak in my opinion. Not a whole lot of anything there. SOme sweetness, some spiciness, and even some fruitiness, but nothing particularly outstanding or noteworthy.

Taste was okay. Weird kind of earthiness and dirt taste to it. Some very nice hop bitterness to it saves this beer a bit. Good spiciness with some corriander and pepper and red pepper. Actually quite spicy. Enjoyable.

Spicy mouthfeel all around. I liked the spiciness to it. Full bodied.

Photo of danielharper
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade with frich29.

A: Dark orange-yellow, cloudy and opaque. Thick head at first but this dissipates after a couple of moments.

S: Strong aroma of oranges, slight Belgian funkiness. A touch of... chocolate-covered cherries? Nice.

T: Nice orange flavor, again with the Belgian funk, with a nicely astringent aftertaste. Alcohol present but not overwhelming.

M: Thick, highly-carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely.

D: Not bad at all for a style that I'm not always a huge fan of. Straight 4's for me.

Photo of scottoale
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the gold-foil capped, 22oz brown glass bomber pours a slightly cloudy, honey-amber colored ale with a inch of frothy, short lasting head. Good carbonation and nice lacing with this one.

Sweet malt nose with trailings of honey, tobacco, hops and alcohol. It smells fairly sweet but tasty, rich earthy malt is the dominant element in the aroma.

The taste is almost a direct reflection of it's smell with the exception of a nice black tea flavor and the hops seem placid in their surrounding in that their bitterness gets tamped down by the candy sugar and malt sweetness. Not quite balanced to my liking, also considering the style as given. It is quite tasty for the most part...no difficulty making this ale disappear as I write this, that's for sure.

Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel about it, decent warming in the alcohol dept...I wouldn't put Salvation away like I do the SN Bigfoot, however, I would definitely drink one again in the future...Enjoy !

Photo of mentor
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by the brewery and consumed three days after bottling. Pouors a half-finger white head that settles to a thin layer. The liquid is crystal clear and brilliant orange (somewhat peach colored). Smells of oranges, coriander, belgian candy sweet, and blegian yeast funky phenolic. A bit grassy, like from hops, too. Tastes citrusy hoppy mixed with belgian funky. Whoa, a combination I've never had before. The combination of the two is quite interesting. Other flavors I get are caramel (mild) apricot and peach. This beer is smooth creamy malt. Dry stingy finish. The aftertaste is cherry and iron. Md-thick body and modestly carbonated. Judged to style (supose to have a huge billowy head).

Photo of beermanbrian
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden color with some amber red hints. Head is very dissapointing and almost non-existent. No lacing to redeem the thin head. Nice carbonation stream from the base of the Chimay chalace. Smell is very mild, some yeast notes and some appricot fruit notes but nothing special. Taste is somewhat bland. A little bit of spicyness but just not much to talk about. The beer is just very average at best. Noticable alcohol finish completes the underwhelming experience. Overall a big disspointment and not something I will seek out again.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy, but i dont know why, there is know carbonation or sediment, a straw/amber color with a thick 2 finger white head

S - wow, pretty spicy, like ginger or clove, a second whiff produces a buttery spicy aroma

T - hoppy at first, rather hoppy, then a strong spicy, gingery finish, no yeasty finish that i expected

M - rather good, well balanced a gret brew

D - high, a good beer, great job, good balance of bitter and spiciness

Photo of BadBadger
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This relatively nice ale pours a nice pale amber color. The white head is a good size but does not last long at all. The head does return with a gentle swirl (and swirling can be addictive fun). The smell is slightly fruity, with apples coming to mind. This fruity smell seems to be a bit distinct from the hint of alcohol also coming through. The taste affects the taste bud located on both the palate and the tongue a bit differently. The taste on soft-palate is very nice: a light at fruity flavor being carried with the carbonation. The tongue is another matter: a rather stickyand unpleasant feel and strongly alcohol taste. Average out this is a nice beverage but not one that I can recommend searching out. There are significantly better offerings out there for this variety.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see American breweries creating great Belgian Style beers. Avery doesn't quite get it right this time round. A strong straw, almost golden color with a light haze and good head retention. Smells very fruit (peaches and pears) and lightly peppery with a promise of heated alcohol. Flavors of peaches, pears, mangos, pineapples,.... along with spicy Belgian sugars attribute to high alcohols (too much for the style) and a bite-ey, almost husk-ey bitterness in the throat. Finishes sweet, dry, and a bit too hot and fusal. Still too good of flavors to allow the flaws to ruin the beer. I will drink again.

Photo of Crosling
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange. Very nice aroma of ripe, dripping apricots, citrus fruits, sweet malt and sugars. Sugary as hell in the flavor yet not cloying. Big, bursting fruity flavor with notes of tangerine, apricot, grapefruit and orange. Medium bodied but silky and smooth. A delightful beer.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color that's slightly clouded with bubbles of carbonation rising constantly. Large white head that leaves thin spotty lacing.

Belgian yeast smell up front. Some weizen lemon smell mixed in there.

Sweet yeast flavor with some wheaty taste mixed in there and lots of citrusy fruit.

Great full feel that's crisp and refreshing. I would love to have this beer more often.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a hazy golden orange with a decent, 2 finger off white head that slowly fades out. Small amounts of carbonation slowly pump up to the top. Remnants of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell if of citrusy sweetness with plenty of Belgian candy sugar, and yeastyness atop the malt and spice.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas with again, a sugary blast that is a mix of citrus, honey, and candy sugar with a touch of pepper and clove.
Mouthfeel is decent. Medium bodied, crisp, and sweetly spicey.

Photo of sweethome
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is an amber color with an orange tinge. White fluffy head. A little clean for a belgian style.

Love the nose...citrus fruits, yeast, candy sugar, and apricots. Alcohol too.

Lush mouthfeel - somewhat like a barleywine - velvet smooth on the palate, but so thick and full. Plenty of hops to balance the sweetness, but not as hoppy as most Avery beers - nicely balanced.

The flavors are bountiful...definintely dried apricots, some citrus, candy sugar, belgian yeast. Some hop flavors present. Nice tangy hops stick in back with all the residual sweetness. Just enough alcohol burn to let you know this is 9%.

For all the heft, it is a fairly easy drinking beer if you are used to the alcohol content.

An americanized version of a belgian, but the flavors can't be argued with. Some of my favorite belgians have more of a wild charachter, but this beer earns it's stripes with complexity, abundant flavor, and firm backbone. Bravo.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncovered 2 year old bottle from the Beeryard that was begging to be cracked. So I did!

Pours a golden amber rather light straw but is filled with a gaggle of rising bubbles to greet a frothy ivory dense cap that leaves a wall of lace. Did I mention tat the lace is impressive?

Aroma is subtle especially for the style. Some sourdough bread meets a spicy backing. A touch of citrus aroma.

First swigs: Brisk doughy lemon and a train wreck of flavors. Let's extricate the melee. A solid orange citus twinge meets a Tang drink powder. Plenty of awl-kee-hawl punch. Comingle of Belgian sugar that reminds me of a white wine chardonnay (sp?) and sherry. Lots of sherry.

Feel is tacky and thick. This is a milkshake beer. Overly thick? Too full? I won't argue. It's full.

Last swigs: An intersting interpretation. No frowns. Quite punchy. Too bad that this is only available in the case for us PA-vanians.

Beer is good. Hapy beering.

Photo of edbeered
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a honey colored golden ale, with a minimal head and little or no lacing. Smell is minimal and sweet. The taste is of peach and apricot, with a honey-like sweetness and a strong alcohol presence. There is no hop flavor to speak of.
The mouthfeel is rich and flavorful. This is 9% alcohol and tastes it, but it is also smooth and silky. A nice ale, whose drinkability is marred only by it's high alcohol content.

Photo of jaluria
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pored a nice translucent, copper color wiht a white, fluffy head that dissipated quickly and left a touch of lacing in my goblet. Moderate-high carbonation with large bubbles on the surface of the beer. Aromas of honey, melon, grass, and caramel. The taste was quite sweet with fruit flavors to offset subtle bitterness. Juicy, ripe fruit flavors were quite pronounced in this beer. Dry finish with lingering sweetness that develops turns sour over time. The biggest knock on this beer is that the aftertaste contained a chalky texture and flavor. It felt like I had taken a bite out of a piece of chalk. The aftertaste didn't bother me at first, but it continued for several hours after I finished the beer and was not enjoyable. As a result, the drinkability takes a drastic hit.

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey with a bubbly thin white head. Head retention and lacing are below average

Smell: Yeat, lemon, mown grass and fruit. A feast for the nose

Taste: Sourness/dryness hit you up front along a with a yeasty/stale hops taste. Finish is fruitty, dry and has a pronounced alcohol presence

MF: Slick, effervescent and and well carbonated

Drinkable enough, kind of reminds me of Duvel. But not really my style

Photo of Fish113d
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Kclingers Publik House in Etters, PA (just south of Harrisburg).

From a chilled 22 oz. bottle and poured into a Duvel large tulip glass, it pours a pretty honey color with a nice white lacy surface layer. The body is quite cloudy.

Very fruity nose (oranges and apricot or peach). A bit of drying alcohol hits my nose as well, and some sweet sugar cane maybe.

Sipping, it is a bit of sour apricots along with some citrus tones. Some bitterness comes from some grainy hops, and some alcohol hits toward the swallow. Mostly sweet in the middle, and a bit drying at the end. Aftertaste is rather sour. Interesting!

Tingly carbonation hits the front of my tongue and crosses over my palate nicely. Dead-on on style! A slight drying finish, and some alcohol bite on the back end. Nice!

Overall, I'm glad I got a 22 oz. bottle! I'm sure the 9% will also make this appealing to finish. However, probably the nicest Avery product I've had the opportunity to taste.

Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01/31/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle. The top is sealed in foil. Very nice presentation for the bottle label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clear pristine golden in color. No yeast or anything floating around. If held up it seems to take on an amber color, or even a mahogany color. Strange. Very slight gleaming white head which quickly evaporates. Light lacing appears in the glass.

Smell- Heavy spice scents with more than a hint of alcohol. Mostly corriander and clove with some peppery scents.

Taste- Clove and corriander, as caught in the nose, dominate the flavor. Seems a tad yeasty as well. A bit of a bitter hop taste comes into play in the aftertaste. Maybe a bit of a tropical fruit in the backing, but barley any if it exists.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level. Light sugary coating on the tongue. Smooth going down.

Drinkability- Easy drinker that seems a bit less of the 9% than is states. Nothing out of the ordinary though. Tastes decent enough and went down well. Worth a try if you get a chance.

Photo of Wasatch
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber Pours a golden yellow color with some carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards. Scents of fruit, malt, and some spices. The taste is sweet, but tangy as well leaves a little bit of warmth in the throat. Medium body. Drinkable at the ABV. A nice offering from Avery.

Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.